For the past several years I have looked forward to black history month for one particular reason–the release of The Grio 100. According to its website, the Grio 100 are “100 people making history today — 10 people in 10 fields of expertise: Business, Health, Education, Science & the Environment, Media, Pop Culture, Arts & Culture, Service & Activism, Politics and Sports.” The beautiful thing about this list is that it does not feature people at the height of their careers. The people on the Grio 100 still have work to do. I love this because each one of us could SO BE ON THIS LIST! And not even after we’re dead or too old to enjoy it! 🙂
As I scrolled through this year’s list, I was pleasantly surprised at the number of natural hair sisters featured. In total, 20 (readily identifiable) naturalistas are on the list. I say readily identifiable, because some of the sisters with straight hair could be natural (relaxer free) as well.
In honor of Black History Month and dedicated to all of my sisters in the grind, here are the naturalistas of the 2014 class of the Grio 100!
click on the picture to read the Grio profile
Zimbabwean-American actress and playwright. She is best known for her breakout role as Michonne on AMC’s hit drama The Walking Dead.
Mexican-born actress of Kenyan descent, who made her big-screen debut last year in Steve McQueen’s Oscar-nominated drama 12 Years a Slave. SIDE NOTE: I have a MAJOR girl crush on Lupita. She SLAYS us everytime she steps out the door!
Actress/comedienne who grabbed the attention of media around the world when she joined the cast of NBC’s Saturday Night Live
Chiara de Blasio
Daughter of NYC mayor, Bill de Blasio
The Wisconsin Democrat has served in the U.S. House since 2005, representing a district that includes parts of Milwaukee.
She is a leading voice in women’s issues on Capital Hill.
Freshman wrestler at Jamestown College in North Dakota. She was a four-time state champion at Western High School in Davie, Florida. She began wrestling at the encouragement of her father after she revealed she had been molested by a family member.
Toyin Odutola is a fine artist who is capturing widespread attention through her mesmerizing portraits rendered in the humble media of paper and ball point pen.
Tanya Fields, 33, is a single mom of four (who’s expecting her fifth) living in the Bronx. She is a well-known speaker and writer on social and food justice.
As an advocate for increasing diversity on the runway, Hardison led the charge and called on some of fashion’s biggest brands to include more women of color.
One half of the team of sisters that created Black and Missing, to help minority families find their missing loved ones.
Essence magazine Editor-in-chief
Harris was appointed to be the executive vice president and general counsel for NBCUniversal.
Crissle is part of the 2 person hosts of a popular hip-hop and pop culture focused podcast called The Read, which draws80,000 listeners a week.
Author, life coach and spiritual advisor. Breakout star on OWN network’s “Fix My Life.”
Kimberly Bryant is the founder of Black Girls Code.
Black Girls Code is a website and movement dedicated to giving young women of color opportunities to learn how to write computer code.
Kathyrn Finney is a tech writer, commentator and the Editor-at-Large of the lifestyle blog, The Budget Fashionista.
SIDE NOTE: My brand, Trendy Socialite, came from a quiz I took in Finney’s book, The Budget Fashionista. My scores for having a “trendy” and “socialite” style were equal.
Dr. Danielle Lee
Danielle Lee, Ph.D is a scientist whose specialty is the field of biology.
She describes herself as a Hip Hop maven blogging on urban ecology, evolutionary biology and diversity in the sciences.
An accomplished writer, scholar and public speaker, Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever has devoted her entire professional life to advancing the socioeconomic well-being of women and communities of color.
As president of Worldwide Publicity, and Executive Vice President of Marketing for Focus Features, Adriene Bowles is responsible for promoting a company dedicated to producing, acquiring, financing, selling, and the worldwide distribution of original and daring films from emerging and established filmmakers.
Please take time to google, follow and read about these amazing women who are making not just black history, but American history!
Anyone on this list resonate with you?
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